By Stephen Lewis and Carl Stagner
As Hurricane Matthew continues its slow move up the East Coast of the United States after crossing the Caribbean, Church of God people on the ground are beginning to assess damage and to minister to those who have been devastated, particularly in Haiti. Over the coming days, we will continue to monitor the path of the hurricane as its makes landfall, speaking with state pastors and others on the ground.
Would you be willing to lend your support by making a donation to the Disaster Relief fund? There will be a need for substantial financial resources to help churches and individuals in both Haiti and along the East Coast to recover.
Hurricane Matthew devastated the southern portion of Haiti, particularly along the coast, while rains pounded areas further north, including Port au Prince and the Church of God hospital at St. Ard, where Global Strategy missionaries Mark and Kathy Fulton serve. East Side Church of God, of Anderson, Indiana, currently has a missions team on the ground that has been helping out at the church.
On Wednesday, Mark Fulton wrote: “We are so thankful to report that all of the employees and families directly involved with providing care at our facility are safe. As time passes, we are expecting an increase in cases of cold, flu, cholera, and then mosquito-borne illnesses, so we are making a list of medical supplies that we will need to treat such problems. We have reallocated some funds to care for those without basic necessities such as food, clothes, and blankets, and we hope to partner with some friends of ours in the south part of Haiti to help care for some of their needs, as well. We so appreciate your prayers and continued support as we assess and learn the gravity of the situation.”
Forecast severe weather has prompted cancelation of classes at Warner University. Thankfully, the campus has only reported minimal impact. Warner University continues to post updates at www.warner.edu. Among our congregations and ministries in Florida, to this point, there has been no reported loss of life. However, serious damage is expected as Matthew moves north along the coast and makes landfall. Thank you for your prayers and financial support.
Please consider a generous donation to the Disaster Relief Fund today. Donate online at www.JesusIsTheSubject.org/disaster-relief/. Donations can also be mailed to Church of God Ministries, PO Box 2420, Anderson, IN 46018; please note that your gift is for Disaster Relief, Project # 45.04502. Thank you!